Fury over bid to ‘cure’ gays
SHE’S one of the most controversial Bachelorettes, but Brisbane’s Nina Rolleston says she can’t understand why people think she’s a bitch.
Rolleston (pictured) has made it to the final five on top-rating reality dating show The Bachelor. But not everyone is pleased with Rolleston still being in contention, with one Bachelorette calling her “two-faced” and another publicly fatshaming her.
Social media sites have also taken aim at Rolleston over her public scraps with other contestants.
Rolleston, back home in Queensland this week, said she was surprised at the controversy she’d caused.
She said it was a shock to see what the other contestants were saying about her.
“It was weird, because you don’t know it’s happening,” she said. “It was a shock to see the things (they were) saying. ”
As for the man in question, Bachelor Sam Wood, Rolleston admits she fell for the hunky 35-year-old.
“There’s a tug of war you have with yourself (in the house),” she said.
“You have a moment where you think ‘this is it’, but then you see how well he is getting along with the others.” “PRAY away the gay” services are operating in Queensland with several Christian organisations promising to cure “unwanted same-sex attraction”.
Despite being condemned by lobby groups and health experts, conversion therapy is available at two businesses in Brisbane and Toowoomba.
Liberty Inc is an independent organisation offering 12week courses, fortnightly support groups, counselling and booklets to men and women “struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction”.
Windsor man Johann De Joodt, 49, underwent 20 years of conversion therapy, including a course called “Living and Loving”, delivered by Liberty Inc and said he was sickened that Australian law still allowed these organisations to operate.
“I had people commanding demons out of me and yelling for the spirit of homosexuality to leave me for good,” Mr De Joodt said. “It was so harmful because I lost all of my self-esteem and self-worth.”
When contacted by The Courier-Mail, a Liberty Inc spokeswoman said: “We don’t talk to the media.”
Another Toowoombabased organisation called Triumphant Ministries claims to restore those who have the “homosexual spirit”.
The ministry’s founder and self-proclaimed “ex-homosex- ual” Kathleen Malligan specialises in healing people with “sexual brokenness”.
“I write to give knowledge of the darkness linked to samesex attraction,” Ms Malligan wrote on her website.
Ms Malligan did not respond to The Courier-Mail’s request for comment.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) national spokeswoman Shelley Argent attacked the disturbing practice as “extremely dangerous”.
“Your sexuality is not a choice and it cannot be cured,” Ms Argent said.
Mr De Joodt is petitioning the Queensland Government to abolish the practice of conversion therapy in the state.